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Perspectives on the Rights of "Nature"

The planetary colloquia take place at regular intervals and serve mainly for academic exchange. The panel invites experts on a question with planetary relevance, who give (short) lectures from different (academic) perspectives. These impulses from different disciplines form the basis for a scientific discussion of the topic and thus promote interdisciplinary dialogue. The participation of the interested public is of course also very welcome and encouraged.
Like the Planetary Lecture Series, the planetary colloquia are designed as hybrid events: to take the conversation beyond the physical boundaries of Gießen and to make it more accessible. Afterward, the event will also be available in full on YouTube. Here you can find information about all past events in this series.


Click here to download a PDF version of the poster.


November 10, 2022 - Perspectives on the Rights of "Nature"





10:00 am - 1:00 pm



Senate Hall, University main building,
Ludwigstraße 23, 35390 Gießen
& online on BigBlueButton



Please register via
by November 7th, 2022


Poster: Perspectives on the Rights of Nature




10:00 am- Welcome by the Panel

10:15 am- Keynote

Which Rights does Nature need?

Frank Adloff

Sociology Department,
Hamburg University

10:45 am - Impules Lectures

Critical Remarks on the Rights of Nature

Doris Schweitzer

Sociology Deparment,
Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M.

The "Nature" Construct and Ecosystem Science

Emily Alice Poppenborg

Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics,
Justus-Liebig-University Gießen

Legal "Persons" and Seals without Standing - Legal Rights for Nature

Franziska Johanna Albrecht

Green Legal Impact, Berlin


11:30 am- Coffee Break

11:45 am- Plenary Discussion with all Speakers

Potential Gains and Limitations to Conceptions of Nonhuman "Rights"


from 12:45 pm - Lunch Reception in the Foyer